The mission of the Middle Tennessee Council, Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

The vision of the Middle Tennessee Council is to foster the character development, citizenship training and physical fitness of young people through an emphasis on outdoor program experiences to prepare them to be responsible, contributing members of society over their lifetime by instilling values based upon those found in the Scout Oath and Law.

Middle Tennessee Council Boy Scouts of America

The MTC,BSA offers five viable unique Scouting programs for youth ages 6-21 in programs of:

  • Cub Scouting - Kindergarten thru 5 or ages 5-10 years

  • Scouts BSA - grades 6 thru 12 or ages 11-18 years

  • STEM Scouts - coeducational, grades 3 thru 12 or ages 8-18 years

  • Venturing - coeducational, between ages 14 and 21

  • Exploring - coeducational, between ages 14 and 21


Each of these programs uses unique and proven methods of youth development and all programs have a foundation of leadership, community service, self reliance and a duty to God and Country.

  • Scouting Has a Positive Impact on the Youth of Tennessee: The MTC, BSA youth membership is at 18,640, which is a 24% membership increase since 2015.

  • Scouting Programs are Neighborhood Centered Led by Trained Adult Volunteer Mentors: 661 Cub Scout Packs, Scouts BSA Troops, STEM Scout Labs, Explorer Posts and Venture Crews chartered to churches and community organizations. 5,355 registered volunteers serve as leaders and positive role models for Scouts. Every volunteer leader must be youth protection trained.

  • Eagle Scout, the Highest Rank in Scouting: 359 MTC, BSA Scouts BSA earned the prestigious Eagle rank in 2019. Annually, seven in every 100 Scouts BSA in the MTC, BSA earn this rank, beating the National average of 4%. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts earned 10,445 Rank Advancements; a 61% rank advancement rate.

  • Four Camps Available for Scouting Programs: MTC, BSA owns and operates four camping facilities. Each camp provides a different outdoor experience, but all offer opportunities for Scouts and families to explore, learn, have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime. 

    • Parish Reservation at Rock Island

    • Grimes Canoe Base on the Buffalo River                                                                                                        

    • Boxwell Scout Reservation on Old Hickory Lake              

    • Latimer Reservation on Cumberland Plateau.

A $12 million capital campaign is underway for renovation, replacement and maintenance of key facilities at Boxwell Reservation. Just under $6 million had been raised as of December 31, 2019.

  • 746 STEM Scouts in 56 Different Labs: MTC, BSA  completed its fifth year with the STEM program. The program is designed to teach Scouting values and leadership to youth through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 18 STEM Labs have been organized    in the Scoutreach emphasis area to provide STEM opportunities to 303 underserved youth.

  • Special Assistance: The Council’s Special Assistance program makes Scouting possible to all current and potential members in the form of need-based financial assistance. In 2019, more than 2,060 youth and 168 adults received some type of assistance totaling to $148,958 that helped them to participate in Scouting. For 2020, $171,000 has been budgeted for Special Assistance.

  • Scoutreach Initiative: MTC, BSA’s outreach to serve youth of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds from inner-city Davidson County. Scoutreach aims to keep at-risk children engaged in programs that add value to their lives, by teaching them leadership, life and job skills. The Council invested more than $362,254 towards this initiative serving 1,933 Scoutreach youth.

  • Council Camping Programs: In 2019, 3,253 Middle Tennessee Scouts BSA attended a week long Summer Camp, Winter Camp or BSA High Adventure Base.  Scouts earned 11,876 Merit Badges as they learned skills, sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and explored future careers that reflect their budding interests. 7,840 Cub Scouts and their families participated in a MTC, BSA overnight camp or Day Camp. These numbers do not include individual Pack and Troop outings.

  • Service to the Community: Scouts and leaders recorded more than 56,098 hours of service annually in projects at churches, schools, and other local nonprofit organizations. Based on 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics data for the State of Tennessee @ $22.67/volunteer hour, those service hours translate into more than a $1.27 million investment in local communities.

  • Council Budget: In 2019, the council had an annual budget of $6.6 million. 82% of the council’s income was used for program services, 18% for management and fundraising support. Successful Friends of Scouting (FOS) Campaign in 2019 that accounted for 40.2% of the revenue, Camping and Activities: 26%, Scout Shop, Product Sales and other: 18.7%, Special Events and Investment   Income: 13.7%  and United Way: 1.4%.

  • Debt Free and a Balanced Budget: MTC, BSA is debt free, has a balanced budget each year and receives no government funding.

Click here to download printable version of our 2019 Pride Points and Services

Click here to view 2019 MTCBSA Annual Report

Click here to view and download MTCBSA 2020 FOS brochure

Jet Potter Scout Service Center

3414 Hillsboro Pike * Nashville, TN 37215 * (P) 615-383-9724(F) 615-297-9916